Lauren Welsh has spent her career working in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors addressing the critical issues impacting our city – from the challenges of homelessness to the social power of good urbanism to the importance of our local food movement. As vice president at the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Lauren Welsh supported work to provide funding to countless area nonprofits, and was part of the effort to keep the Martin Luther King, Jr. papers here in the city as a necessary component of the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Today, as a small business owner, she helps nonprofits better understand their unique value and achieve greater impact in our Atlanta communities.
As a neighborhood and community leader for over a decade, Lauren has learned firsthand the power of Atlanta’s people to change their neighborhoods and the city for the better, and she has developed a deep knowledge of the city’s government. As a community advocate, Lauren helped her neighborhood of Candler Park develop a visionary master plan, launch a new conservancy focused on improving the community’s park, and build relationships with key City of Atlanta leaders and staff to advocate for neighborhood needs. She has strengthened Candler Park’s connection with other neighborhoods by being part of critical community efforts including MARTA’s transit-oriented developments, Complete Streets implementation, public space revitalization, and the impact of large festivals.
More recently, Lauren has focused her efforts to ensure Atlanta’s booming development serves all stakeholders by joining fellow community activists Darin Givens, Matt Garbett, and a team of others to found ThreadATL – an advocacy group focused specifically on good urbanism. ThreadATL’s goal is to help educate and engage residents to demand and support planning and development that creates a more connected and vibrant city for all of its citizens.
Lauren lives with her husband Jared and their two young girls, Myna and Nora, in Candler Park. As a nonprofit expert, a small business owner, a community leader, and a mother, Lauren has dedicated her time and her heart to building a better city. She is devoted to the unique place that is Atlanta and is eager to take her civic engagement to the next level.
- Candler Park Neighborhood Organization (CPNO) board member – past vice president, membership chair, NPU representative, external affairs, safety
- CPNO Master Plan Steering Committee – led the effort to create the neighborhood’s first master plan adopted by City Council
- Candler Park Conservancy – founding board member
- Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Bond Technical Advisory Committee member – City of Atlanta
- Transportation Subcommittee on Parking Enforcement member – City of Atlanta
- Alliance for Intown Neighbors – Candler Park representative
- ThreadATL Co-founder https://threadatl.com/
- Little Five Alive Organization Member http://www.littlefivealive.
- Moreland Corridor Task Force Member